Kaepernick's contract expectations

Considering that Colin Kaepernick helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl two years ago and the NFC Championship Game this season, it's no surprise that he is looking for a serious boost in pay. He is due less than $975K in 2014, the final year of his rookie deal, but is setting his sights on a massive contract extension.

"The 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick began discussions on a new contract extension at the combine, and sources tell us that the three-year veteran wants a deal similar or slightly better than the ones given to Jay Cutler ($18.1 million per year, $38 million guarantee) and Tony Romo ($18 million per year, $40 million guarantee)," wrote Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

"While no one expects the 49ers to let Kaepernick go anywhere, we hear that if the 49ers don’t get in Kaepernick’s range, the quarterback would be willing to play the 2014 season at his base salary of $973,766 and postpone negotiations until next offseason instead of signing a below-market deal."

Kaepernick would hold some extra leverage next season, assuming his '14 campaign goes well. If the Niners and Kaepernick are unable to work out an extension after the '14 campaign, the Niners would have to choose between using the franchise tag or risk letting the free-agent market drive his price up to an untenable level.

Further clouding the 49ers' ability to get Kaepernick locked up this offseason is the well-documented friction between coach Jim Harbaugh and the Niners front office:

Bill Williamson

More clouds form around 49ers' brass

"The 49ers want to extend quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a long-term contract. Kaepernick will likely re-sign with the 49ers for the long term if the price is right, but I’m sure it would be easier to get his deal done if there were no speculation about the men who are supposed build the team around him."